Notes for a Love Song in Imperial Time
Theo Fales is a one-time historian turned book editor who specializes in ghostwriting the memoirs of leading American policy-makers. For over twenty-five years, Theo has been helping retired generals and CIA directors justify their decisions in the first-person. One day, however, hearing a song at a colleague's memorial service, Theo has a vision: he senses, in the music, a completely different way to live. He becomes obsessed by a need to align musical time with the metre of his own life and prose. Theo's method opens onto two seemingly contradictory interior landscapes: one, a rage of identification with a college classmate who has written and signed the legal document justifying the use of torture by the US; the other, a love for the singer best known for her interpretations of the composer who wrote that vital song. Theo commits himself to the idea that only through his method will he be able to save himself. Is he mad, or has history itself lost its way?
Title George Anderson
Subtitle Notes for a Love Song in Imperial Time
Author Peter Dimock
Title First Published 2013
Nb of pages 158 p.
Nb of pages 158
Dimensions 5.5 x 8 in.
List Price $14.00
George Anderson is a satire of our increasingly maddening and miserable times. It is an incantation against the policies and the persons behind those policies that have moved the nation toward the embrace of violence in all things. And it is a wild fantasy that imagines the torturers and apologists for torture subjecting themselves to the regime of a lyrical discipline of soul-searching regarding their actions. It is a satire of both policy makers and of us that highlights the absurdity of a proudly democratic nation embracing barbaric practices and fear. Finally, it is a protest against all this. It is a cry from the heart from within the current political atmosphere—no significant anti-war movement, the regularly scheduled disappointments experienced by persons of principle and conscience for their support of the Democratic Party—that suggests how far we must travel to set our nation right.
-Author of The Education of Booker T. Washington: American Democracy and the Idea of Race Relations